Wednesday, November 21, 2007

International Red Cross Teaching Rules of Combat in Gaza?

"...The International Red Cross, with a long held reputation for neutrality as airtight as the country in which it originated, is now training Palestinian terrorists.

“The International Red Cross has begun training Palestinian militants in Gaza as part of what it says is its worldwide effort to teach the rules of international humanitarian law in areas of armed conflict.” (abc.net.au).

“All armed factions in Gaza have signed up to the course, which explains the rules of war under the Geneva Convention and how to protect civilians.

"The Red Cross says it gives the same courses to the Israeli army.”

Given the shift to politicization in one of the most recognized organizations in the world, we should have seen it coming.

Founded to protect the victims of international and internal armed conflicts, the organization won respect for its role in administering to war wounded, prisoners, refugees, civilians and other non-combatants.

But somewhere along the way, the Red Cross came out of the field to sit at the table and began taking on the role of rhetoric, seeming no longer content with its long-held status as trusted and neutral guardian of the Geneva conventions around the world.

Indeed, in its self-styled role as a critic of the United States, the Red Cross is giving plenty of competition to the anti-American United Nations. Its new role is surely most welcome among the anti-war contingent. ..." (Read the entire article)

I know that some of you for or closely with the Red Cross and maybe there is another side to this story -or maybe the American Red Cross and the International Red Cross are separate entities. Given the amount of money I have given them over the years, I find the fact that they are involved with anything besides their stated mission of humanitarian aid and disaster relief quite disturbing...and a misrepresentation of intent.

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